Industry & Job Update For The FIFA World Cup 2022 In Qatar
Hosting a super-sporting event like the FIFA World Cup is a huge task for any country. However, Qatar’s bid was even more ambitious than previous World Cups due to the considerable amount of stadia and infrastructure needing to be built for it to happen.
This has created a huge demand for construction workers, and with not enough skilled local workforce, Qatar is relying on a huge expatriate workforce to meet the demand.
With less than 7 years to go, construction is well underway. Let’s take a look at how they’re progressing.
Qatar’s bid to FIFA was to play its matches across 12 stadiums, with 9 being built completely from scratch.
Its plan to invest $250 billion in the construction project shows the large investment it takes for such a large event to take place.
This investment also spills over into many other industries, with the tourism, transport and hospitality being the primary benefactors.
It has been said an additional 70,000 hotel rooms will be required and large transport and tourism upgrades such as upgrades to airports, new expressways, Doha subway system, sewage system, skyscrapers and high speed rail services to neighbouring countries (source) are essential for the World Cup to run smoothly.
In an economy that doubled in the past decade, this continued investment is likely to trigger further economic growth, improving salaries and offering opportunities for expats to work.
An estimated 500,000 to 1 million foreign workers are likely to be called upon during the construction process, likely to last all the way until 2022.
How are the projects progressing?
Construction on many of the projects that were part of the World Cup begun last year, with continued progress on many of the stadiums and other infrastructure upgrades.
Although an original number of 12 stadiums were proposed, it is likely Qatar will only use 8 stadiums, which means a total of 5 stadiums will now be built from scratch (down from the original number of 9).
One of those, the Lusail Stadium, the venue where the final of the FIFA World Cup will be held has just begun construction. When finished, it will hold a capacity of around 80,000 spectators and sit on a site of 1 million square meter site in Lusail City.
It is the 6th stadium that has begun its construction or refurbishment with others including venues in Al Wakrah, Al Khor, Khalifa Stadium in Al Waab, Education City and Al Rayyan, to the west of Doha.
A final decision on the number of stadiums left to be built is expected to be known by the end of the year, but if predictions are correct, the two remaining ones would be on the site of Qatar Sports Club in Dafna/West Bay and another near Hamad International Airport with vacancies still available in for such projects.
Transport, Tourism & Hospitality Update
Such a huge event will see the influx of a significant amount of tourists and spectators coming to the region, providing an opportunity for Qatar tourism to make a huge impact.
Hamad international Airport
One of those places requiring an upgrade was the airport in Qatar. The Hamad International Airport, has seen the first of two upgrades completed with the second phase of completion expected to be finished in 2018. Once concluded, it is anticipated to be double it’s current capacity and handle up to 50 million passengers per year.
Bechtel was awarded the contract for the development of the airport, which includes the design, construction management and project management of the facilities. Any request to work on this project should be made there.
Doha Subway & Rail System
50% of the tunnelling has said to be completed on the new Doha Subway system according to Qatar Rail’s managing director, Abdulla Abdulaziz Al Subaie.
Construction is anticipated to last right through to 2019 where they hope to have the entire system open to the public, including four lines and a total of 37 stations.
Other transport projects, the Lusail Light Rail Transit Network and other long distance rail networks are in the pipeline, but are uncertain as to the start and completion date. This will remain uncertain until a higher concentration of residents and workers move in according to Doha news.
As well as public transport system, an upgrade to Qatar’s transport links by road is currently underway, with a huge national freeway linking key cities and towns expected to be completed by 2016.
The $8.1 billion project is expected to deliver over 900km of new roads to improve journey times and flow within and between major cities and towns according to construction week online.
Post World Cup Construction Opportunities
Infrastructure isn’t confined to the lead up to the World Cup in 2022. Projects like Doha’s new port is expected to last beyond the completion of the FIFA World Cup and the refurbishments and renovations of the World Cup stadiums to bring the capacity to smaller, 20,000-seater stadiums, will continue to provide construction opportunities deep into the next decade.
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